Lenders under pressure to cut rates

Banks and building societies are under pressure to cut their mortgage rates, after the Libor rate fell to its lowest level in more than 20 years. Conversely the average two-year tracker rate mortgage increased from 3.73 per cent a month ago to 3.77 per cent this week, and lenders have also pushed up the price of fixed-rate mortgages to their highest level for at least 20 years. Critics have accused lenders of being ‘unfair’ to homeowners and threatening the recovery in the housing market. Libor is the rate at which lenders lend to one another.